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Ralph Salier

Archaeologist for the last 30 years. Norh American generalist and Hopwell culture/Red Ocher culture specifically. Lithics Expert and Ground Stone tools.

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2016-10-11 Found this:

Hi Jim,    What you have is a very classic side scraper.  This is a tool most commonly used in scraping hides and making tinder for fires.  Your appears to be made of a brown chert or perhaps a type of

2016-10-03 Methodology and theory:

Hi Dave,    To a degree you are correct.  Archaeologists do make assumptions.  These are based on ethnographic studies as well as extensive research, including speaking to local residents about the site

2016-09-26 Akhenaten - followup:

Hi Amtry,    Monotheism is the worship of one God.  What Akhenaten did was revolutionary and indeed monotheistic in nature.  Just because it was the sun disk, does not change the meaning of monotheism

2016-09-26 Egyptian beliefs about after-life:

Hi Amtry,    Based on the Ancient Egyptian "Book of the Dead", they had a strong belief in the after life.  That is why, if the cloud afford the process they were mummified. I am not aware if they had

2016-09-19 solomon - followup:

Hi Amtry,    According to the Bible Solomon was a powerful King.  But Israel was a tiny country surrounded by very powerful empires.  To them it was inconsequential.  The survival of Israel rested solely

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